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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Sovereignty was never ceded.

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History of Constitutional Recognition

Jessica Johnston
Last edited: June 1, 2023
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This ANTAR Factsheet outlines the history of constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia.

For as long as the Constitution has been in effect, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have campaigned for greater inclusion, rights-protection and respect. A mainstay in this movement has been the repeated call for recognition of First Nations people. But what is meant by recognition, and how does the politics of recognition continue to determine outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?